Beginning Meditation

A Beginning Meditation That’s Right For You

You have heard how meditation is good for your health.  Here are is an easy to learn two-step beginning meditation process.

What is Meditation?

We think the best way to define meditation is any method that calms or stops our internal dialogue.  When we stop the internal chatter, we enter a sacred space of silence.

Meditation is a way to connect with our inner peace.  It’s good for overall health and wellness because the practice of meditation makes us more mindful, peaceful, and calm.  And so, it’s not only good for you but everyone around you.

Meditation techniques are the first mobile technology.  Once you learn them, they are yours forever.  You can take it with you everywhere.  You can use it any time. I guess you could say that meditation is the first mobile device. It’s a powerful tool of consciousness.  It enables us to harness the power of our minds.  There are also many levels.  So, you will never get bored.  There’s always something new to learn.

Above all, the spiritual journey often begins with learning how to meditate.  However, you don’t have to believe in any religion to practice meditation. Meditation is a universal process.  It works just like following a recipe for baking a cake.  If you follow the directions, you get something delicious.

Perhaps you want to learn how to meditate, or maybe you have tried to meditate but were unsuccessful.  So, we have a treat for you.  The following is a powerful but straightforward form that anyone can learn.

Learning How to Meditate!

Here are some tips to help you with the learning process.

1) Start small.  Allow 2 to 3 minutes for meditation quiet time.  Short periods of meditation provide huge benefits that you will feel immediately.  Daily meditation is a habit of the most successful people.

2) Set a reminder.  Use the power of technology to get you away from technology.  The reminder on your handheld device is a great tool.  Start with a reminder mid-morning and then mid-afternoon.  This way you won’t get too busy and forget.

3) Be gentle with yourself.  If you can’t take the time to meditate, don’t beat yourself up.  Please don’t beat yourself up because you think you aren’t doing it right.  When you engage in the process, you are doing it right, no matter the outcome.  Our Ego can push back against losing control.  It’s just like a wild horse, so be gentle, and it will get easier.  Here’s a meditation troubleshooting guide to explain it in more detail.

4) Create a positive self-care habit.  Remember, learning how to meditate won’t do you any good unless you do it.  The most positive influences are often the simple ones.  The two-step beginning meditation process is easy but powerful. You’ll be glad you did.  Many people find it a “game-changer.”

It’s a learning process.  If you forget, don’t beat yourself up.

The essence of this method is learning to quiet the mind.  It’s not as easy as it seems.  That’s because our modern culture discourages downtime.  Our Ego also wants to maintain control.  So, it’s happy to keep us busy. That’s why meditation is a crucial element of a healthy life and spiritual practice.  It helps us take back control of our minds.

Easy Beginning Meditation Process

Just because it is simple doesn’t mean it isn’t powerful.  Meditation is one of those things that will have a positive impact.  All you is 2 or 3 to revitalize your mind.  The clarity of thought brings solutions, and your calm attitude is something other people around you can feel.

There are only two steps, so this is by far one of the most straightforward mediation techniques.  You can teach this to anyone who can follow two steps.  But just because it’s simple doesn’t mean it isn’t powerful.  It calms the mind and allows us to enter a moment of silence.

The First Step — Observe The Body

The first step to beginning meditation is learning to focus our attention without creating friction. We start by moving our attention to our posture.  Sit comfortably with your eyes closed.  Keep your spine upright but comfortable. Don’t strain.  Place your hands in any relaxed manner.  It’s best not to cross your legs.  Be gentle with yourself.  The mind has a natural tendency to wonder.

Bring your attention to your posture and your body.  Start by focusing your attention on the crown of your head and moving downward. Many people find it helpful to close their eyes.  However, as you practice this beginning meditation process, you’ll find you can leave your eyes open.

Yes, again, you’ll probably find your mind wandering about other things. This experience is expected.  Don’t beat yourself up.  You aren’t doing it wrong; return your attention to your posture.   Always be gentle with yourself.

We don’t usually pay attention to our bodies unless we have some discomfort.  When we bring our attention to our bodies, we enhance our observational skills.   We are learning to observe without interfering.  Learning to observe is an important step that can quiet the active mind.

This first step should be restful.  It should be enjoyable, but it may also make you aware of the aches and strains you are ignoring. It may also bring up emotions.   This type of practice puts us back in touch with our emotions and bodies.  This method is the first step of mindfulness meditation.  We’ll discuss mindfulness meditation later.

The Second Step — Observe the Breath

If we are okay with observing the body, the next step is to observe the breath.  So, while sitting and watching the body, bring your attention to your breath.  We are trying to observe without interfering.

Inhaling and exhaling are normal unconscious functions.  So, this step can be awkward at first.  We are not accustomed to observing our breath.  The tendency is to alter the breath once we realize it.  Don’t worry; this is common.  With some practice, you will learn to observe your breath without interfering with it.

If observing your breath is awkward, resume watching the body.  You can try observing the breath later. When your meditation practice progresses, it will become easier.

Beginning Meditation Technique Summary

    • First, schedule a time, and do it!

    • Sit and observe your posture.

    • Observe your breath without interfering.

Benefits of Meditation

You will tap into the benefits of this meditation practice immediately.   It can reduce feelings of anxiety the first time you meditate.   We become more familiar with our emotions and bodies.  And it introduces us to a restful oasis.  Thus, giving our active mind a place to recharge.

The goals here are twofold.  First, we are getting more in touch with our bodies.   Second, we are enhancing our observational skills.  Another critical point, most seated forms of meditation have these two elements at their core.

Meditation Techniques Next Steps

As we mentioned above, these two steps are important steps toward being more mindful.  The more you practice, the easier it becomes.  Soon it will be a part of daily life. Once you learn how to meditate, it becomes an asset.  You can use it almost anywhere and anytime you have a few minutes.

The next step is with a more in-depth practice of seated and moving mindfulness.  This next-level has a few more steps.  However, it also brings with it additional benefits.  Mindfulness is awareness with purpose. All of your perceptive skills are brought into focus. You can learn more about these next steps by following the above link.

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References

(1) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia

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